In keeping with the Provincial Health Officer’s guidance, the CB55+ Centre is closed until at least January 18th. For up-to-date information please refer to our email communication “Updates” accessible on the “Updates” tab on the banner above. Mail and emails to the Office are checked regularly. Membership renewals will continue to be processed. We continue to monitor the PHO’s orders and guidance and look forward to seeing you back at the Centre as soon as conditions allow.
The Cordova Bay 55 Plus Association (CB55+) is a vibrant volunteer organization for adults aged 55 plus that provides programs, services and social activities to seniors in Victoria, particularly those from the Cordova Bay area. The Cordova Bay 55 Plus Centre is located at the Cordova Bay Elementary School site. We enjoy a partnership with School District 63 and Saanich Recreation.
We pride ourselves in our shared values of: caring and respect, inclusion, participation and volunteerism. We are run entirely by volunteers who provide leadership to ensure the success of the varied activities, programs, and events that make us so successful.
Although the Centre was closed for a number of months during the pandemic, we kept our members connected by a regular email Update and continued a number activities via Zoom and meeting outside in small groups. The majority of our activities, programs, and events are now operating both at the Centre and/or via Zoom. We have something for everyone with 27 activities such as: Art Group, Bridge, Men’s and Women’s fitness, Golf, Walking, Pickleball to name a few. We have a Tuesday Drop-In program featuring presenters over a wide range of interesting topics, and we have special events in conjunction with special calendar events such as Christmas and other holidays.
For further information please click on the above tabs, e.g. the “Blue Heron News” and “Updates” for up to date information.
The CB55+ Centre is now open Monday to Friday 9:00 to 4:00 pm for scheduled activities including the Tuesday Drop-In. Park in the rear parking lot off Sapphire St. and enter through the side door near the washrooms unless you need to use the ramp.
Effective September 13th we are required to check proof of vaccination for anyone entering the Cordova Bay 55+ Centre by reviewing a printed or digital copy of your BC Vaccine Card. Members who cannot provide the required proof are not permitted to enter the Centre.
CB55+ Policy requires that all those attending activities at the Centre be double vaccinated and that at least 14 days have passed since your second vaccination. Note that masks are mandatory in the Centre except when eating/drinking and during fitness classes.
Click on the COVID-19 tab above in the header for the updated Communicable Disease Plan.
Click on the Blue Heron News tab to view the Fall edition for news on what’s happening at the Centre.
Since the gradual reopening of the Centre in June a number of activities have resumed at the Centre while others are continuing outdoors. The plan is to move to more normal activities in September. The Board’s Restart Committee has been monitoring the Provincial PHO information and COVID-19 conditions. In light of the recent increases in the COVID-19 statistics and the concerns regarding the Delta variant, the Restart Committee recommended and the Board approved the requirement of all those attending the Centre to be fully vaccinated.
For the protection of our vulnerable members, we require that all those attending activities at the Centre be double vaccinated and that at least 14 days have passed since your second vaccination.
While we respect the rights of those who choose not to be vaccinated, recent public health statistics demonstrate that transmission of the COVID-19 virus is far more prevalent among unvaccinated populations. The protection of our members is our number one priority.
Please click on the COVID-19 tab above in the header for the updated Communicable Disease Plan.
The Welcome Back BBQ is scheduled for Tuesday August 17th – click on the Updates tab above for more information.
June 8, 2021
We are pleased to be able to offer a phased-in return to activities at the CB55+ Centre.
BC’s Restart Plan announced on May 28th has allowed CB55+ to begin reopening the Centre for limited activities. We are working to expand permitted activities in a safe and gradual manner in accordance with the BC Restart Plan. We thank you for your patience as we work towards carefully opening up additional activities in a way that ensures the safety of our members. As more of our members receive their second vaccinations, we expect members will feel more comfortable getting back together and more groups will return to the Centre. The gradual resumption of activities is subject to change, as a result of any new Provincial Health Orders that may be issued.
The Office: The Office will resume regular hours in September. The office is now open Tuesday mornings only; however, phone messages and emails are monitored on a regular basis. New memberships, renewals and activities can be paid online (Pay for Activities Online tab above), by mail or on Tuesday mornings by appointment by contacting the office via e-mail at CB55@shawbiz.ca or by phone at 250-658-5558.
At the Centre: Fall Prevention, Studio, Art and Wednesday Bridge have started or have plans to start.
Outside the Centre: Walking with Dogs is continuing, the Walking Group will be restarting on June 18th with smaller group walks, and the Hiking Group will continue with smaller groups.
Ping Pong has been going strong and having lots of fun safe distanced in the courtyard.
Ongoing Golf is in full swing with two games per week that are always fully subscribed by enthusiastic members.
Pickle Ball has been having a lot of fun playing at McMinn Park.
Book Club has enjoyed meeting outside so much last summer that they plan to meet in Beaver Lake Park for June, July and August, weather permitting.
Happy Strummers have resumed outdoors.
Many other CB55 groups continue or plan to meet at outside locations through the good weather.
Men’s and Women’s Fitness, Fall Prevention, Digital Photography, Art Group, and Story Circle continue via Zoom at this time.
March 1, 2021
While the Centre remains closed at this time we are optimistic that the Province’s vaccination program will allow us to be back together in person again in the not-too-distant future. Until that day, some of our activities are continuing via Zoom and we are keeping in touch via email communication updates and this website. Please check out the Spring Edition of the Blue Heron News to update yourself on what’s new with CB55+ (click on the Blue Heron News tab at the top of this page).
The Board has met regularly to conduct the Association’s business and we are currently preparing for the Annual General Meeting scheduled for March 23, 2021 to be conducted via Zoom. The Notice of Meeting and the full package of AGM reports are now posted on the AGM Information tab at the top of this page. The AGM Notice and information package are being sent out on March 4th via email and regular mail to those without an email address on file.
Reminder: Membership renewal for 2021 is due by March 31st for $30 after which it will be at the regular rate of $40. Renew your membership on-line by clicking on the Renew Membership Online tab at the top of this page.
January 18, 2021
2020 was certainly a challenging year for us all. While our social connections are still extremely limited, there is an end in sight and we look forward to the day when we can spend time with you all again!
The extension of BC’s health orders until February 5th means that the Centre will remain closed for the time being. Special Interest Groups that are able to meet via Zoom continue during the closure, including men’s and women’s fitness classes. CB55+’s e-mail account is checked on a regular basis and incoming mail is processed while the office is closed. The Board continues to monitor the situation and conduct our monthly meetings via Zoom to take care of CB55’s ongoing business.
Keep up to date on CB55+ news by clicking on the “Community Connections” tab above.
November 20, 2020
In view of the new COVID-19 health orders introduced yesterday, Nov. 19th, 2020, by Dr. Bonnie Henry and also our vulnerable population group, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all CB55+ activities that take place at the Centre while the orders are in force. Activities offered at the Centre by Saanich (line dancing and yoga) have been cancelled by Saanich.
Please ensure any CB55+ activities that take place outside the Centre (hiking, walking, pickleball, etc.) conform to current COVID-19 health orders. Note that social gatherings such as coffee breaks with CB55+ members outside your immediate bubble are restricted at this time.
Activities conducted via Zoom such as Men’s and Women’s Fitness and other individual Special Interest Groups will continue.
We hope that by December 7th BC cases will decline sufficiently to allow Dr. Henry to bring in more relaxed Covid health guidelines that will allow for the reopening of the Centre.
We sincerely thank you for your support during this difficult time! CB55+ Board Executive and CB55+ Reopening Committee